Saturday, December 19, 2009

"Alma" by Rodrigo Blaas

Here's a little treat for the season - especially with my focus for the coming week of Christmas/Yule stories. Just announced today, for a limited time over Christmas you can see a new animated short online about a very sweet little girl and a creepy toyshop. It's not specifically for Christmas but fits with the current focus on Winter (in the Northern hemisphere), children and toys. This short film is already busy winning awards all over the place.While it is kinda spooky it doesn't have any truly scary images - it's more the concept. But it's very in keeping with fairy tales - especially those by E.T.A. Hoffman (Nutcracker anyone?).Here's the announcement from Cartoon Brew:

For a limited time during the holidays, Rodrigo Blaas has made his spooky CG short Alma available for viewing online. Blaas is an animator at Pixar who took time off from the studio and returned to his native Spain to make this independent film. His brother, Alfonso Blaas, served as the film’s art director. The film’s official website is

I'm posting the teaser so you can a) have a preview and b) when the video is no longer available, people visiting the blog can still have a taste of this wonderful short.

The teaser:

The full short - for a limited time only during Christmas 2009:

Alma from Rodrigo Blaas on Vimeo.


  1. Even though the whole buildup lets you see what is coming, it is still fantastic and a touch creepy (in a charming and elegant fashion). The video overall is remarkably beautiful, too!

  2. That's a terrible story! They should have a little boy come in and rescue her with a kiss! : ) But there I go, being all romantic. Still...